Craig wins Mount Pleasant Open 2015


The weekend of 23rd – 25th of January saw the Mount Pleasant Open 2015 take place. There were 88 entries in 6 events with 4 mens sections and 2 womens. There was some super squash over the weekend with the highlight being the men’s semi’s on Saturday evening with Derek Ryan overcoming Keith Moran and Michael Craig beating Steve Richardson. Michael was 9-2 down in the 3rd but came back to reel of 9 points in a row to win the match 3-0.

In the Womens final Ciara Moloney had a good win over Griffin Gillanders winning 3-0 and in the men’s final we had a super match. Derek went 1 up winning the first game 11-8, Michael came back to win the next 2 games 11-2 & 11-7. When it looked as if Derek was gone he came storming back to win the 4th, 11-9 in a cracking game. Michael won the 5th 11-4 to close out a great final between the young pretender and the maestro.

In the other sections Michael Conroy and Conor O’Shea came through the A/B play offs. A recent resident to Dublin from Hong Kong Julie Savoie won the women’s B section. Julie has just moved to Dublin and this was her first experience of Irish Squash.

In the Men’s C section Old Belvedere’s Colm Dolan beat Peter birch from Mt. Pleasant 3-0. But in the D section we saw a super match with little and large. The 6′ 2″ Shane O’Brien played the 10 year old Denis Gilevskiy in a classic. Denis won 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11 & 12-10. The 5th game was nip and tuck where either player could have won.

All results below

Men’s AA/B Play OffWomen’s AWomen’s BMen’s BMen’s CMen’s D

All the finals can be seen along with other selected matches on Sportslive here